We spray-painted our pumpkin black for inky nighttime emphasis. To get the effect, just set your hollowed-out pumpkin on a disposable tarp in a well-ventilated area and coat it in black spray paint. Mist it with clear varnish to set the paint, let it dry, and then continue carving as usual!
1. Clean your pumpkin by cutting a circle in its base and scraping out the seeds and stringy innards. If you want to spray-paint your pumpkin black, follow the directions in the photo caption.
2. Tape your printed stencil onto the pumpkin and use a large pin to prick along the stencil lines. Remove the stencil after tracing all the lines.
3. Etch sections within dotted lines on the stencil by using a gouging tool to gently scrape away the pumpkin skin. Carve sections within solid lines on the stencil by cutting completely through the pumpkin wall with a skinny, serrated knife.
4. Light your pumpkin with a regular or electric candle.